Thursday, June 23, 2005

Another Cyclist Killed

Just as we were packing away our stencils, it seems like time for another memorial. Another cyclist is killed in Manhattan, apparently hit by a truck on Houston St. and Elizabeth, frieghtenly close to the Time's Up Space. The details are vague but 25-year-old Andrew Ross Morgan, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.

There is also a report of a livery cab that struck a 12-year-old boy in Harlem and a man killed on a bicycle in Long Island.

I'm not sure if this is just a regular occurrence or we are just hear about these deaths more.

Transportation Alternatives claims that one bike rider dies every three weeks in NYC streets.

There are 115,000 cyclists on the streets every day.

Enough is enough.

It's time the city launches an independent task force to analyze how to make NYC streets safer for bike riding. The city MUST create the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the number of NYC residents choosing to use alternative modes of transportation.


Blogger eefers said...

It's time for a bike advocacy campaign. Stickers like "Watch out! This car almost killed a cyclist!" would be great. Even if they're the rubbery kind that peel right off.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always wish i had those kind of stickers to slap onto the cars that almost kill me. good idea. i am on board.

10:05 AM  
Blogger antlered girl said...

I think we should launch and ad campiagn in newspapers to reach people who don't ride bikes along with a postering campaign and a leafletting campaign of fliers stuck on windshields that lays out the rules of the road and talks about the recent murders of cyclists by vehicles.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous N said...

I absolutely agree with both ideas. If only there was some more organized body to rally behind. Like some nonprof with money and resources that could call press conferences and whatnot.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy Morgan was a great kid from Austin, TX. He was killed on Houston st,his family are beyond grief...NY should close a couple of streets and make them bike only..gets cyclists out of the way of cars and vice versa..any will for that in NY?

3:05 PM  

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